Collaborative by design, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.




Scrapbooks weave items otherwise considered ephemeral into new stories and are valuable sources for research.

Works Consulted / Further Reading

Provides a list of all works consulted and lists of recommended additional readings and resources.


This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: lette…


May 21st
Posted for Marjorie L. Haines, Spring Digital Library Intern, Villanova University: Beatrice Mae Correia’s WWI scrapbook, now a feature of Villanova University’s Special Collections, displays graphic and often disturbing images from the Great War. Many war-themed scrapbooks tend to portray personal or familial involvement, such as the scrapbook of Einer Smestad, WWI US Infantryman, or […]
May 11th
If I should die think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s breathing […]
May 11th
May 1, 1915. The RMS Lusitania, the fastest, most luxurious passenger liner in service, sets sail from New York City. Aboard are 1,959 passengers and crew. The morning papers carry a warning from the German Embassy reminding travelers about the risks of passing through a war zone, but passengers remain cheerful, even nonchalant. Unbeknownst to […]

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